Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

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November 4, 2006

Drusen Lasering

Posted in: Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts (Updated 11/4/06) Drusen are thought to be fatty waste products from the photoreceptor cells. They often appear on the macula (the center of the retina) in the early stages of Macular Degeneration, and they can cause gradual loss of central vision. “Hard” drusen are common in aging eyes, and do not necessarily
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July 29, 2006

Abortion Drug Offers Hope for People with Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Posted in: Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

An abortion drug known as ru486 is showing potential as a treatment for central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), a condition which can lead to loss of central vision. The drug, also called mifepristone, blocks the action of progesterone, a hormone necessary to sustain pregnancy. It is also a potent antiglucocorticoid agent. Glucocorticoids are drugs and hormones
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October 26, 2005

Biocurrent Therapy: A Promising Treatment for Dry AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts with additional material by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally Published October 26, 2005 Acuity Medical has successfully completed a proof of concept, double-masked trial of its TheraMac™ device for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The therapy developed from early studies of microcurrent stimulation, with improvements in the science and
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September 25, 2005

Photodynamic Therapy

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally posted on MDSupport and updated in September 2005: QLT’s preliminary results found that Visudyne in an occult trial did not achieve its primary endpoint after two years. ———————————– Photodynamic therapy has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent further loss of sight in people who are afflicted by the
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November 25, 2003

Macular Translocation

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally published July 2000 (Updated November 2003) Simply put, macular translocation is an experimental surgical procedure which involves detachment of the retina and relocation of it to a healthier spot in the eye. It has been described as “three to four hours of operating on something the size of a postage stamp
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Testimonial “Blown Out Of Proportion”

Posted in: Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

According to son, Sam Snead’s vision did not benefit from the controversial therapy by Dan Roberts Originally published, January 20, 2003 Microcurrent stimulation (MCS) therapy “didn’t work for my father,” said Sam Snead, Jr., son of the late champion golfer. Sam Snead, Sr., who passed away last year at the age of 89, underwent MCS
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Therapy

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts originally published January 20, 2003 MCS is a form of electrical acupuncture involving microcurrent stimulation applied at points around the eyes and elsewhere on the body. Expectations are that the stimulation will boost the cells’ ability to rid themselves of waste products and raise the levels of nourishment and oxygenation by increasing
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July 25, 2002

Fluorescein Angiogram

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally published July 2002 What is Fluorescein Angiography? Fluorescein angiography is a test which allows the blood vessels in the back of the eye to be photographed as a fluorescent dye is injected into the bloodstream via your hand or arm. It is particularly useful in the management of diabetic
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September 25, 2000

Vitrectomy Surgery

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

originally published September 2000 The vitreous is a jelly-like fluid which fills the middle of the eye and helps it hold its shape. In order for repairs to be made to the retina, the vitreous must be removed and then replaced after surgery. The vitreous may also need to be replaced if it is inflamed
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July 1, 2000

Artificial Retina Implanted in Humans

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness For the first time ever, researchers from a company called Optobionics surgically implanted an artificial retina into three patients who are blind from retinitis pigmentosa. These highly-experimental prosthetic devices, made of silicon computer chips, are intended to restore ambulatory vision, thereby giving people the freedom to walk
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